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Centrepay lease payment arrangements tightened

Banking Day-  by John Kavanagh The Australian Government will restrict the type of consumer leases that consumers can pay for using Centrepay payments, but will increase the number of low-cost finance options Centrepay supports. The Minister for Human Services, Marise Payne, announced on Friday that the measures were designed to protect vulnerable customers. Consumer advocates have long complained about certain personal [ More ]

Plenty of room for improvement for mortgage brokers

CHOICE Magazine – By Uta Mihm Kat Lane was on the expert panel for Choice’s Mortgage Broker Shadow Show.  Choice sent five home buyers to three of the biggest mortgage broker businesses in Australia and found that home buyers should take a close and critical look at what their brokers come up with.  The sample was small, but Choice found few [ More ]

The creeping danger of Australian households’ love affair with credit

The Brisbane Times – NSW – By Rachel Browne Social Affairs Reporter Wesley Mission report released last week shed light on the increasing number of households which are technically insolvent or in financial stress. The report found spending outstrips earnings for more than one million households, and 44 per cent are in financial stress. This includes being unable to pay bills [ More ]

Partners kept in dark over cards

Sydney Morning Herald – by John Collett More than a million people across Australia are likely to keep some credit card purchases a secret, or even have a card that their partners do not know about.  Spending could be related to issues such as problem gambling that need to be out in the open, says Katherine Lane, principal solicitor at the Financial Rights Legal [ More ]

Need a helping hand? Don’t get sucked in

The Age – by Christine Long From payday loans to funeral insurance, some financial products come with a warning – and the warning reads: BEWARE, writes Christine Long. Adam Mooney, chief executive of Good Shepherd Microfinance, says high-cost lenders target people on low incomes with “promises of fast cash and online same-day approval”. However, with interest rates as high as 240 [ More ]

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